Posted on: 25 May 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Claiming to be the most lightweight and complete turnkey solution, OnAir and TriaGnoSys have launched a new inflight connectivity system for business jets.
The service will enable passengers to use their mobile devices and laptops for calls, text messages, emailing and internet browsing, as they do on the ground.
OnAir is the telecoms services provider, whilst TriaGnoSys is providing the hardware and software elements for both the aircraft and the ground. The airborne equipment consists of two small, lightweight units that connect to the aircraft’s existing satellite communications system.
CEO of OnAir, Ian Dawkins commented, “Given how much business people use their mobile phones, it isn’t surprising they want stay in touch when they are flying, and that is particularly true of business and VIP passengers. We are therefore making it very simple for operators of business jets to provide inflight connectivity services. It is also very simple for passengers: just make a call, send a text message or look at email as you do on the ground.”
Mobile phone usage is treated in the same way as international roaming, meaning all costs are charged by the passenger’s mobile operator in their regular bill, convenient for both passengers and aircraft operators.
“Not only is the airborne equipment the lightest ever designed for business jets to support such comprehensive services, it is also straightforward to install,” declared Axel Jahn, Managing Director of TriaGnoSys. “The components are simply connected by Ethernet to the satellite link. They do not require specific cooling and their small size and weight means they do not impinge on cabin space.”
The first commercial deployment will be over the Inmarsat SwiftBroadband service, but the solution can operate over any IP backhaul communications link, whether satellite-based or not.
OnAir and TriaGnoSys have already worked together to provide inflight connectivity for commercial airlines and maritime communications.